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How to pick a colour scheme for your kitchen

How to pick a colour scheme for your kitchen

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The kitchen is often the heart of the home, a place where you cook, eat, and entertain your loved ones. It’s important that your kitchen reflects your personal style and taste, and one way to do that is by choosing the right colour scheme. It not only shows off your personality but will also make you feel comfortable and at home in your kitchen.

In this guide, we'll explore different ways to pick a colour scheme for your kitchen, from considering the current colour scheme to exploring themes throughout your home. Let's dive in! Whether you want to create a bold and vibrant space or a calm and serene oasis, we’ve got you covered.

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How to pick a kitchen colour scheme

We’ll start by exploring the steps you should take to pick your colour scheme for your kitchen – finding one that works for you should be a lot easier if you think about these things carefully:

  • Draw inspiration from nature. Nature is a great source of inspiration for colour schemes. Look to the colours of the sky, ocean, and landscape for ideas.
  • Use the colour wheel. The colour wheel is a great tool for picking a colour scheme. Choose colours that are next to each other for a monochromatic scheme, or colours that are opposite each other for a solid contrast. Find out more inspiration in our guide to colour clashing.
  • Consider the mood you want to create. The colours you choose can set the mood for your kitchen. Warm colours like red, orange, and yellow can create a lively and energetic atmosphere, while cool colours like blue and green can create a calm and soothing environment. Think about the mood you want to create in your kitchen and choose colours that reflect that mood.
  • Look for inspiration online or in home decor magazines. If you're unsure about what colours to choose, you can find plenty of kitchen colour scheme ideas to help you find the perfect combination for your space. Pinterest and Instagram are great places to start, as you can save and share ideas with others. Check out our guide on the best flooring for kitchens to find the perfect flooring to match your big ideas!


Find the best colour scheme for your kitchen

Next, you can take some practical steps to help narrow down the colour options you’ve fallen in love with:

  1. Consider the current colour scheme: Look at the colours already in your kitchen - what are the dominant colours? Do you want to keep them or change them? Consider the cabinets, countertops, backsplash, and flooring, all of which could need to be changed if you have a very different kitchen colour scheme in mind.
  2. Look at your home’s existing theme: If your home has a specific theme or style, consider incorporating that into your kitchen colour scheme. For example, if you have a beachy theme throughout your home, consider using shades of blue and green in your kitchen.
  3. Take samples and test the colours in your kitchen: Once you've narrowed down your options, take samples of the colours you're considering and paint them in your kitchen. This will allow you to see how the colours look in your space, and how they interact with the lighting in your kitchen. It's essential to test your colours before making a final decision to ensure you’re happy with the outcome.
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Classic kitchen colour ideas

Let’s take a look at some classic kitchen colour ideas to get your creative juices flowing if you want to keep your kitchen looking clean and modern:

  • White and bright. A classic white kitchen is timeless and elegant. You can add pops of colour with accessories like rugs, curtains, and kitchenware.
  • Calm and serene. Soft blues and greens can create a calm and serene atmosphere in your kitchen. These colours work well with natural materials like wood and stone.
  • Dark and moody. If you’re feeling adventurous, consider using dark colours like navy blue, forest green, or charcoal grey. These colours work well in a kitchen with plenty of light and open space.

These colour schemes are great choices for your kitchen and will work well in any home! And if you’d like to branch out a little and make your kitchen more of a statement, then why not try a more distinctive colour scheme for your kitchen?

Unique colour scheme ideas for kitchens

If you're looking for a unique colour scheme for your kitchen, consider using bold and unexpected colours. Bright colours like turquoise, coral, and yellow can bring energy and vibrancy to your kitchen. If you want to create a sophisticated and modern look, you can use a monochromatic colour scheme, such as shades of grey, to create a sleek and minimalist look. Looking for some inspiration for a modern kitchen floor? Check out our guide on flooring ideas for a modern kitchen.

Another unique colour scheme idea is to use metallic accents. You can incorporate metallics like gold, copper or silver into your kitchen in various ways. For instance, you can use metallic hardware, such as cabinet knobs or handles, or use metallic tiles for a backsplash - if you're interested in incorporating metallic accents into your kitchen, check out our guide on interior trends: metallic kitchen accents for inspiration and ideas.

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If you have a small kitchen, you may want to choose a colour scheme that makes your space feel larger and more open. Light and neutral colours like white, beige, and grey can create the illusion of space and reflect natural light, making your kitchen feel brighter and airier. Our guide to the best flooring for small kitchens has all the info you need to make sure this translates into your flooring as well as your walls and finer details to create the kitchen of your dreams, no matter what size it is.

If you want to add some colour to your small kitchen, consider using pastel colours like mint green, soft pink, or light blue. These colours can add a pop of colour without overwhelming the space, and perfectly ties in with the Danish pastel trend that’s popular right now. Additionally, you can use a two-tone colour scheme, such as white cabinets with a light blue backsplash, to create depth and dimension.

Trying new and exciting colours in your kitchen can be great fun, and you can find plenty more style inspiration in our Ideas Hub to keep experimenting with different areas of your home. If you want to try some carefully curated colour palettes, take a look at our lookbooks to create brand new looks in your kitchen; or for more room-specific inspiration, have a read of our guide on picking a colour scheme for your living room. Alternatively, pop into your local Tapi store if you’re keen to talk to our flooring experts about the best flooring to match your new colour scheme!

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Published: 20-04-2023